Five questions to Urs Manuel Jörger

Five questions to Urs Manuel Jörger

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Urs Manuel Jörger, born in 1989 in Chur, Switzerland, resides and works in Switzerland. He has garnered recognition for his distinctive approach that seamlessly blends fine gestural brushstrokes with intricate details, featuring plain spaces, written elements, and abstract shapes. At the heart of his work lies a profound exploration of philosophical questions, skillfully interwoven into his multimedia paintings. His artistic identity is characterized by a harmonious fusion of painting, wiring, drawing and meticulous detailing, creating a unique visual language that captivates viewers. He delves into the complexities of existence, inviting contemplation through the interplay of form, color and symbolism.

Since when do you paint and what are your favourite motives?

I started painting at a very young age. Subjects range from still life and studies to exploration of philosophical questions. Vast spaces which are almost always off-center are mostly the fullest part of my pictures.

When you create a new work, how do you proceed? What comes first?

For me, every shape, form and word should serve a function and it must have a reason. In both the content and process of my art I focus on the layering of time and history, of painting and drawing, as well the written word. I take inspiration and form from ideas of handwriting, ideas and philosophical questions.

From what do you get your motivation?

I try to balance the seemingly static history of the past with my own sensual and emotional responses to it. My motivation is to connect images, themes and values of the past with those of the present, creating a unique visual language, as the resultant spaces give a dual impression of fullness and of emptiness.

Your life without art would be...

At the heart of my work lies a profound exploration of philosophical questions. Art can model the attitudes we need to adopt in order to be good to one another, and it can display the the problems we’re facing, so that we can go and do something about them.

What is the best art place in your city at the moment?

The best art place in my city is the town hall with its exhibitions and of course the castle, housing the local museum.

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